Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Council Meeting Highlights
The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda is available at http://bit.ly/2wMgi3U or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public attendance is welcome. Parking is available at Town Hall lots and the lot at Stephens Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Additional parking is available in several public lots on Rosemary Street (parkonthehill.com). Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (chtransit.org).
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Acquire Easements for
the Morgan Creek Trail
The Council will consider authorizing the acquisition of easements to extend the existing Morgan Creek Trail westward to Smith Level Road and the Town of Carrboro. The proposed western trail extension would link the current Morgan Creek Trail to Kingswood Apartments, Frank Porter Graham School, the University’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center building, and the Town of Carrboro. The easements would allow the Town to build a trail that would connect two Town-owned tracts on the south side of Morgan Creek, eliminate the need to build two bridges, avoid crossing a much larger private tract, reduce potential impacts to the Morgan Creek floodplain, and eliminate a significant privacy issue.
Additional $8,000 for
Performance Agreements with Human Services Agencies
The Council will consider allocating an additional $8,000 to human services agencies as recommended by the Human Services Advisory Board. This amount is above the original allocation of $411,500 in June 2017. The additional funds will be considered for Club Nova, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, Freedom House Recovery Center and Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA).
Formation of the
Historic Civil Rights Commemorations Task Force
Mayor Hemminger will share information about establishing a Historic Civil Rights Commemorations Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to create a timeline that identifies people, places and events that should be memorialized in order to remind everyone of the struggle for civil rights that African Americans endured in Chapel Hill in the 1960s and to tell the story of the role that Chapel Hill played in our nation’s Civil Rights movement. The task force will commence its work in October 2017 and report back to the Town Council in early 2018.
Initial Public Forum:
Proposed Reallocation of Grant Funds for Neighborhood Revitalization
The Council will receive public comments on an amendment to the FY 15, 16 and 17 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program plans. It will consider a reallocation of $295,773 of grant funds and allocation of $30,708 of CDBG program income to support neighborhood revitalization activities.
Meters for Downtown
The Council will consider its support for the approximate $400,000 purchase of replacement parking meters in downtown. The Town of Chapel Hill currently has 42 multi-space parking meters, installed in 2010 and used for on-street parking spaces and some off-street parking lots. At the time of installation, the meters were among the most technologically advanced products in the marketplace. Technological advances and maintenance challenges now warrant replacement. The Town is awaiting a final quote for purchase and installation.
Process for a Municipal Services Center on Estes Drive Extension
The Council will consider a Development Agreement process in pursuit of a Municipal Services Center project on University-owned property on Estes Drive Extension. The Town Council first considered this site in January 2017 for a collaborative location for police administration, fire administration and other functions.
Reducing the Posted
Speed Limit on Rosemary Street
The Council will consider the staff response to a petition to reduce the speed limit on the entire length of Rosemary Street from 25 mph to 20 mph. Town staff reviewed the request and recommends reducing the speed limit to 20 mph on the entire length of Rosemary Street.
Biannual Report for the Blue Hill District
The Council will receive a presentation that provides updates on various Town improvement projects and development-related activities in the newly rebranded Ephesus-Fordham area, now called the Blue Hill District.